HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials
- A clinical trial is a research study done to evaluate new medical approaches in people. HIV/AIDS clinical trials help researchers find better ways to prevent, detect, or treat HIV/AIDS.
- Examples of HIV/AIDS clinical trials underway include studies of new HIV medicines, studies of vaccines to prevent or treat HIV, and studies of medicines to treat infections related to HIV.
- The benefits and possible risks of participating in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial are explained to study volunteers before they decide whether to participate in a study.
- Use the ClinicalInfo clinical trial search to find HIV/AIDS studies looking for volunteer participants. Some HIV/AIDS clinical trials enroll only people who have HIV. Other studies enroll people who don’t have HIV.
A clinical trial is a research study done to evaluate new medical approaches in people. New approaches can include:
- new medicines or new combinations of medicines
- new medical devices or surgical procedures
- new ways to use an existing medicine or device
- new ways to change behaviors to improve health
Clinical trials are conducted to determine whether new medical approaches are safe and effective in people.
Examples of HIV/AIDS clinical trials underway include:
- studies of new medicines to prevent or treat HIV
- studies of vaccines to prevent or treat HIV
- studies of medicines to treat infections related to HIV
Participation in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial may also depend on other factors such as age, gender, HIV treatment history, or other medical conditions.
Participating in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial can provide benefits. For example, many people participate in HIV/AIDS clinical trials because they want to contribute to HIV/AIDS research. They may have HIV or know someone who has HIV.
People with HIV who participate in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial may benefit from new HIV medicines before they are widely available. HIV medicines being studied in clinical trials are called investigational drugs. To learn more, read the ClinicalInfo What is an Investigational HIV Drug? fact sheet.
Participants in clinical trials can receive regular and careful medical care from a research team that includes doctors and other health professionals. Often the medicines and medical care are free of charge.
Sometimes people get paid for participating in a clinical trial. For example, they may receive money or a gift card. They may be reimbursed for the cost of meals or transportation.
Before enrolling in a clinical trial, potential volunteers learn about the study in a process called informed consent. The process includes an explanation of the possible risks and benefits of participating in the study.
Once enrolled in a study, people continue to receive information about the study through the informed consent process.
To find an HIV/AIDS clinical trial looking for volunteers, use the AIDSinfo clinical trial search. For help with your search, call an ClinicalInfo health information specialist at 1-800-448-0440 or email ContactUs@HIVinfo.NIH.gov.